ERIC Number: ED405044
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov-14
Alternative Delivery Systems for Introductory Algebra.
Keating, John; And Others
Since 1988, Massachusetts' Massasoit Community College has offered two alternative introductory algebra courses for students receiving low scores on mathematics admission tests. One alternative course provides 5 hours of instruction per week, rather than the 3 hours per week in the traditional course, while the other segments the traditional course syllabus into three 1-credit units taught by separate teachers. A study was undertaken to gather data on the characteristics of students taking alternative courses since 1990 and to compare outcomes for students in alternative and traditional courses. The study sample consisted of 436 students taking the traditional course in 1993 (Group 1), 360 students who completed the segmented modules since 1990 (Group 2), and 212 students who completed the 5-hour-per-week course since 1990 (Group 3). Study findings included the following: (1) in general, Group 2 students were less likely to fail and more likely to pass the introductory algebra course than either Group 1 or Group 3 students; (2) 223 of the Group 2 students passed and 53 failed, while 237 passed and 134 failed from Group 1 and 87 passed and 65 failed from Group 3; and (3) Group 2 students did, however, have a higher mean grade point average for all coursework (2.27) than both Group 1 students (2.26) and Group 3 students (1.91). (HAA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massasoit Community Coll., Brockton, MA.